2014-07-18 Rural Intelligence


July 18, Hudson

FarmOn! Hoedown Benefit Concert

A FarmOn! Foundation fundraiser featuring Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, son of Willie Nelson, and Ruby Stinson, daughter of The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson. Serving local NY state libations and a farm-fresh menu all to benefit regional farming families. Helsinki Hudson, 6 p.m.—Midnight.

July 19, Pittsfield

A Little Night Music Benefit Gala

Enjoy a pre-show dinner and closing performance of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, followed by a post-show dance party and tribute to Berkshire Theatre Group trustee Neil Ellenoff. The Colonial Theatre, 5 p.m.

July 19, Kinderhook

Farm-to-Table Dinner to Benefit the Sylvia Center

Buffet dinner, fresh from the fields of Katchkie Farm, featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Sylvia Center’s programs for youth in Columbia County. Katchkie Farm. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Rain or shine.

July 19, Copake Falls

Summer Sparkling Soiree

A benefit for the Upjohn Preservation Fund, featuring jazz by Winds in the Wilderness, specialty foods and wines of Columbia County, and a silent auction of selected prints and items from local businesses. Church of St. John in the Wilderness. 5:30 p.m.

July 21, Pittsfield

Empty Stein Fundraiser

Alchemy Initiative’s second annual fundraiser, featuring local potters, local musicians and locally brewed beer. Enjoy lawn games, local eats and a dance party in the barn. Plus take home your own handcrafted beer stein. Arrowhead Museum, 6-11 p.m.

July 26, Taghkanic

A Midsummer Eve’s Silent Auction

A benefit for the new Claverack Library, featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres, at the home of Scott Fuchs and Tom Detwiler. 5-7 p.m.

July 26, Lenox

Butterflies, Beavers & Bonfire Gala

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6th annual fundraiser also celebrates its 85th anniversary. This year’s theme is “Butterflies, Beavers & Bonfire” and will feature live music, food and drink, a silent auction and a bonfire under the stars.6:30-9:30 p.m.

July 26, Stockbridge

Fête Des Fleurs

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2014 garden party has a Summer Wind theme and will celebrate with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green. 5:30 p.m.

July 26, Copake

FarmOn! Hootenanny Benefit Dinner

Farm-to-table dinner featuring the cuisine of a NYC Michelin Star celebrity chef served lakeside, plus a golf cart drive-in movie, auctions and a bonfire sundae bar. Proceeds benefit the FarmOn! Foundation. Copake Country Club, 6 p.m.

July 26, Stockbridge

Naumkeag Garden Party

A festive gathering to celebrate the restoration of Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate’s Afternoon Garden. Stroll through the gardens, sip summer libations including “Mabel’s Martini” by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, enjoy live jazz by Allen Livermore Trio, and more. 4-7 p.m.

July 26, Sharon

Chore Service Garden Party

The annual fundraiser for Chore Service, which has helped keep elderly and disabled neighbors living safely and independently at home in our community for the last 22 years. Join them for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Tomlin Farm, 108 Fairchild Road. 5-7:30 p.m.

August 1, Sharon

Sharon Summer Book Signing

The annual benefit for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon will feature authors Francine Prose, James Patterson, Deborah Solomon, and many more. 6-8 p.m. on the Green (10 Upper Main Street).

August 2, Pittsfield

Retro Spectacle

The 2014 Berkshire Fringe opening party and fundraising extravaganza, featuring live performances, open bar, dancing, and an auction. Shire City Sanctuary, 6-11 p.m.

August 2, Monterey

Summer Garden Party

Live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent and live auction at the magical, now private property of the 1915 to 1936 Berkshire Summer School of Art. Party benefits the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum. Art School Road, 4-7 p.m.

August 8, Goshen

Friends of the Festival Opening Night Gala

Enjoy opening night of the Litchfield Jazz Festival and support the future of live jazz by helping the Litchfield Jazz Camp continue to build a scholarship fund for students in financial need. Goshen Fairgrounds, 5:45 p.m.

August 9, Germantown

An Evening in Agra

Clermont’s mid-summer benefit gala. This year’s theme is inspired by the Gardner family, a branch of Livingston descendants based in India. 6-8 p.m.

August 10, Millerton

Chef and Farmer Brunch

An annual benefit for the North East Community Center, featuring Farmers Market inspired dishes, tastings and cocktails provided by 20 chefs from local farm-to-table restaurants and breweries, including Jacuterie, The Farmer’s Wife, John Andrews, Copake Country Club, Route 7 Grill, and many more. Number 9 Restaurant, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

August 12, West Otis

Jon Berman Concert and Silent Auction

The Stanmeyer Gallery hosts a benefit concert, silent auction and wine tasting to benefit Farmington River Elementary School. Call 518-929-2050 for more info. 1286 Monterey Road (Rt. 23), 5-8 p.m.

August 14, Stockbridge

Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare 

Enjoy an afternoon reading of Lincoln’s favorite scenes from Shakespeare at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage, followed by a reception at Chesterwood. Readers include Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Waterston. 4 p.m.

August 16, Litchfield

MOMIX 2014

A private dance performance of season excerpts by MOMIX to benefit the Susan B. Anthony Project. Hosted by Anthea Disney & Peter Howe. 5 p.m.

August 24, Great Barrington

Change Makers—WAM Theatre Benefit

Jayne Atkinson hosts a panel discussion of people effecting positive change through the arts, followed by a sneak peak of WAM Theatre’s fall 2014 production and the announcement of the beneficiary of that production. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.

August 31, Claverack

Columbia-Greene Garden Party

A fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York at Ludlow Homestead, the historic home of Peter Spears and Brian Swardstrom. 3 p.m.

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